Using Reinforcement Learning to Attack Web Application Firewalls

Sep 2021

Introduction Ideally, the best way to improve the security of any system is to detect all vulnerabilities and patch them. Unfortunately this is rarely possible due to the extreme complexity of modern systems. One primary threat are payloads arriving from the public internet, with the attacker using them to discover and exploit vulnerabilities. For this reason, web application firewalls (WAF) are introduced to detect suspicious behaviour. These are often rules based and when they detect nefarious activities they significantly reduce the overall damage.

Helping Modzy Build an ML Platform

Aug 2021

Winder Research collaborated with the Modzy development team and MLOps Consulting to deliver a variety of solutions that make up the Modzy product, a ModelOps and MLOps platform. A summary of this work includes: Developing the Open Model Interface Open-sourcing chassis, the missing link that allows data scientists to build robust ML containers Model monitoring and observability product features MLOps and model management product features The Problem: How to Build An ML Platform Modzy’s goal is to help large organizations orchestrate and manage their machine learning (ML) models.

How To Build a Robust ML Workflow With Pachyderm and Seldon

Jul 2021

This article outlines the technical design behind the Pachyderm-Seldon Deploy integration available on GitHub and is intended to highlight the salient features of the demo. For an in depth overview watch the accompanying video on YouTube. Introduction Pachyderm and Seldon run on top of Kubernetes, a scalable orchestration system; here I explain their installation process, then I use an example use case to illustrate how to operate a release, rollback, fix, re-release cycle in a live ML deployment.

How We Built an MLOps Platform Into Grafana

Jun 2021

Winder Research collaborated with Grafana Labs to help them build a Machine Learning (ML) capability into Grafana Cloud. A summary of this work includes: Product consultancy and positioning - delivering the best product and experience Design and architecture of MLOps backend - highly scalable - capable of running training jobs for thousands of customers Tight integration with Grafana - low integration costs - easy product enablement Grafana’s Need - Machine Learning Consultancy and Development Grafana Cloud is a successful cloud-native monitoring solution developed by Grafana Labs.

Improving Data Science Strategy at Neste

Aug 2020

Winder Research helped Neste develop their data science strategy to nudge their data scientists to produce more secure, more robust, production ready products. The results of this work were: A unified company-wide data science strategy Simplified product development - “just follow the process” More robust, more secure products Decreased to-market time Our Client Neste is an energy company that focuses on renewables. The efficiency and optimization savings that machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science can provide play a key role in their strategy.

Building an Enterprise NLP Platform

Jun 2020

Winder Research has built a state of the art natural language processing (NLP) platform for a large oil and gas enterprise. This work leveraged a range of cloud-native technologies and sophisticated deep learning-based (DL) machine learning (ML) techniques to deliver a range of applications. Key successes are: New NLP workflows developed in hours, not weeks. Hugely scalable, from zero to minimise cost to tens of thousands of concurrent connections. Enforced corporate governance and unification, without burdening the developer.

Using Data Science to block hackers

Oct 2018

Executive Summary Winder Research was engaged by Bitsensor to research and implement Data Science algorithms that could automate the detection and classification of web attackers. After gathering data, researching a Machine Learning solution and implementing Cloud-Native software, we delivered three new features: Tool classification - detect which automated tools were being used to perform the attack Attacker grouping - provide the capability of detecting distributed attacks by the same attacker Killchain classification - establish the phase of an attack (e.

Bulding a Cloud-Native PaaS

Oct 2018

Executive Summary Winder Research worked with its partner, Container Solutions, to deliver core components of the Weave Cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Kubernetes and Terraform implementations on Google Cloud Platform Delivered crucial billing components to track and bill for per-second usage Helped initiate, architect and deliver Weave Flux, a Git-Ops CI/CD enabler Client Weaveworks makes it fast and simple for developers and DevOps teams to build and operate powerful containerized applications.

How Winder Research Made Enterprise Cloud Migration Possible

Oct 2018

Executive Summary Truly global company, tens of thousands of staff across tens of regions. Problem: Colossal amounts of data, lack the computational flexibility to remain competitive. Solution: Cloud data platform leveraging Microservices, Serverless object storage and database technologies. Benefits: 4x faster, more memory and number of gpus compared to best on-premise hardware. 10x quicker time to market. 10 Petabytes of data. A very large enterprise in the oil and gas industry asked Winder Research to help them migrate mission critical workflows to the cloud and create competitive differentiators through the application of Data Science (a.